Confessions of a CM Educator: I Do Random Bible Verse Memorization.

I didn’t have this type of Bible verse memory as part of our homeschool for a long time- the Bible memorization that chooses random, single, stand alone verses for memorizing. I had not come across it in what I read from Charlotte and so I didn’t work it into the schedule. We did use, as Charlotte suggests, parable passages in our recitation time. We also … Continue reading Confessions of a CM Educator: I Do Random Bible Verse Memorization.

Science of Relation-ships

 “He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” – Leonardo da Vinci What is the theory that is the rudder of a Charlotte Mason Education? What is the compass that points the direction to a Living Education? What is the principle that guides our practice? What is our … Continue reading Science of Relation-ships

Why Study Ourselves?

Throughout her Volumes, Charlotte Mason sprinkles grains of insight into the question, ‘Why study ourselves’? Often she uses the term self- knowledge for this study. She says, next to the study of God, it is the most important thing a child can learn. More important than reading? More important than math? More important than writing? Evidentially. No one says it better than Charlotte, so here … Continue reading Why Study Ourselves?

Using Volume 4 with Students

…of all the knowledge which a child should get, the knowledge of God is first in importance, and the knowledge of himself, next. – Charlotte Mason Volume 5 p.363             Charlotte intended for Volume 4 to be read by children under the age of sixteen. Her goal was that these students would grow in character from a thorough study of human nature. She titled this … Continue reading Using Volume 4 with Students

Ourselves Volume 4 Preface

          “Who was it that said, ‘Know thyself’ came down from heaven? It is quite true—true as Gospel. It came straight to whoever said it first.”—Life of Sir Edward Burne-Jones. POSSIBLY we fail to give ‘effective moral training based upon Christian principles’ to young people because our teaching is scrappy, and rests mainly upon appeals to the emotions through tale and song. Inspiring as these … Continue reading Ourselves Volume 4 Preface

Reading Helps

These are three helps that I use with First Reading Lessons to aid sight and sound recognition. Buddies.Letter-buddies that are often found together: ing, ed, ee,  th (two sounds , as in thistle and that), ch (3 sounds but most often ch as in church), sh, ar (like a pirate “ar matey!”), or (“or, or, or!” like a seal).   Always give the sound along with pointing out these buddies. … Continue reading Reading Helps

Paying Attention on Reading the Poem lesson days.

In the ‘How to Use the Teacher’s Notes for First Reading Lessons’ the instructions read:Read the poem with the student. Help them with sounds and words when they need help. I suppose that is enough said. But, of course, there is more to say on it- both from my experience and from Charlotte Mason. What I would have liked to add, but, for sake of … Continue reading Paying Attention on Reading the Poem lesson days.

A Brief History of Charlotte

Charlotte Mason was a British educator who lived from 1842-1923.  She was born near Bangor on the Northwest tip of Wales. She lived during the Victorian area. This time period is known for its hierarchy of social, class-based social order. Women wore, long, bustled flowing dresses with ruffles and ornaments on the bodice cinched with corsets. Medicine and transportation were making strides in science. The … Continue reading A Brief History of Charlotte

What it is NOT, What it IS

Sometimes it takes too many words to explain what a Living Education IS. It took Charlotte Mason herself 6 books and hundreds of pages of other publications to explain and describe it. A quicker approach might be to look at it from the reverse—What it is NOT. -A Charlotte Mason Education does not use textbooks with bold words that are memorized for a test.-A Charlotte … Continue reading What it is NOT, What it IS

What is a Charlotte Mason Education-Questions Answered 3

Do I personally need to learn about a Charlotte Mason Education? I’m happy to tell you Yes! If you want to know something, then yes, like anything else, you will need to devote time to the study of it. This is good because studying Charlotte Mason will change your life—for the better. If it seems like hard work, well maybe sometimes it is, but nothing … Continue reading What is a Charlotte Mason Education-Questions Answered 3